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Officer Charged in Fatal Traffic Stop Pursues Venue Change

Jeronimo Yanezhttp://kstp.com/news/yanez-castile-officer-change-venue-request-denied/4447578/
Jeronimo Yanezhttp://kstp.com/news/yanez-castile-officer-change-venue-request-denied/4447578/

April 18, 2017 02:41 PM

A police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist is appealing a judge's decision against moving his trial out of Ramsey County.

Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez have asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling against a change of venue. The defense claims relentless and biased media coverage means Yanez, who is Latino, won't get a fair trial in Ramsey County. Prosecutors have said moving the May 30 trial wouldn't achieve anything because the case received widespread publicity.

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RELATED: Judge Denies Change of Venue Request in Yanez Case

Yanez has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and two other felonies. He fatally shot Philando Castile last summer following a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. Castile's girlfriend was in the car and streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.

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